UFC Rankings Updated: Joe Soto Enters Bantamweight Division’s Top 15

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The official rankings for the Ultimate Fighting Championships have been updated following UFC 177 this weekend. UFC 177 went down Saturday (August 30, 2014) from the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. The main event featured a bantamweight title fight as impromptu challenger Joe Soto stepped up on less than 24-hours notice to replace Renan Barao and take on T.J. Dillashaw.

Soto put in a valiant effort against the champion, having a lot of success striking with him early on. However, the fairy tale was never meant to be and he was knocked out in the fifth round with a vicious head kick. With his performance, Soto managed to break into the bantamweight rankings at the No.15 spot. In the women’s division, Bethe “Pitbull” Correia climbed slightly up the rankings following her third-straight win in the UFC; a vicious second round stoppage over Shayna Bazler. Correia’s performance pushed her up one spot, moving her into the No.9 position ahead of Jessica Andrade.

With the mix up, the official UFC rankings now look as followed: (+/- = movement in rankings, *NR = Not previously ranked)

POUND-FOR-POUND
1. Jon Jones
2. Jose Aldo
3. Cain Velasquez
4. Chris Weidman
4. Demetrious Johnson +1
6. Anthony Pettis
7. Anderson Silva
8. Ronda Rousey +2
9 Renan Barao -1
10 Johny Hendricks -1
11. T.J. Dillashaw
12. Vitor Belfort
13. Alexander Gustafsson
14. Daniel Cormier
15. Gilbert Melendez

FLYWEIGHT
Champion : Demetrious Johnson
1. John Dodson
2. Joseph Benavidez
3. Ian McCall
4. Jussier Formiga
5. John Moraga
6. John Lineker
7. Ali Bagautinov
8. Chris Cariaso
9. Timothy Elliott +1
10 Zach Makovsky -1
11. Brad Pickett -1
12. Dustin Ortiz
13. Louis Gaudinot
14. Kyoji Horiguchi
15. Scott Jorgensen

BANTAMWEIGHT
Champion : T.J. Dillashaw
1. Renan Barao
2. Urijah Faber
3. Raphael Assuncao
4. Michael McDonald
5. Eddie Wineland +1
6. Takeya Mizugaki -1
7. Iuri Alcantara
8. Johnny Eduardo +1
9. Bryan Caraway -1
10. Alex Caceres
11. Francisco Rivera
12. Dominick Cruz
13. Erik Perez
14. Mike Easton
15. Joe Soto *NR

FEATHERWEIGHT
Champion : Jose Aldo
1. Chad Mendes
2. Cub Swanson
3. Frankie Edgar
4. Ricardo Lamas
5. Dustin Poirier
6. Chan Sung Jung
7. Dennis Bermudez
8. Nik Lentz
9. Conor McGregor
10. Dennis Siver
11. Jeremy Stephens
12. Clay Guida
13. Darren Elkins
14. Charles Oliveira
15. Tatsuya Kawajiri

LIGHTWEIGHT
Champion : Anthony Pettis
1. Gilbert Melendez
2. Khabib Nurmagomedov
3. Rafael dos Anjos
4. Benson Henderson
5. Donald Cerrone
6. Josh Thomson
7. Bobby Green
8. Jim Miller
9. Myles Jury
10. Michael Johnson
11. Edson Barboza
12. Rustam Khabilov
13. Jorge Masvidal
14. Ross Pearson
15. Gray Maynard

WELTERWEIGHT
Champion : Johny Hendricks
1. Robbie Lawler
2. Rory MacDonald
3. Tyron Woodley
4. Carlos Condit
5. Matt Brown
6. Hector Lombard
7. Demian Maia
8. Jake Ellenberger
9. Tarec Saffiedine
10. Dong Hyun Kim
11. Kelvin Gastelum
12. Gunnar Nelson
13. Jordan Mein
14. Ryan LaFlare
15. Mike Pyle

MIDDLEWEIGHT
Champion : Chris Weidman
1. Anderson Silva
2. Lyoto Machida
3. Vitor Belfort
4. Jacare Souza
5. Luke Rockhold
6. Tim Kennedy
7. Gegard Mousasi
8. Michael Bisping
9. CB Dollaway
10. Yoel Romero
11. Costas Philippou
12. Thales Leites
13. Tim Boetsch +1
14. Mark Munoz -1
15. Francis Carmont

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT
Champion : Jon Jones
1. Alexander Gustafsson
2. Daniel Cormier
3. Glover Teixeira +1
3. Rashad Evans
5. Anthony Johnson -1
6. Phil Davis
7. Dan Henderson +1
8. Ryan Bader -1
9. Mauricio Rua
10. Ovince St. Preux
11. Jimi Manuwa
12. Rafael Cavalcante
13. Vitor Belfort
14. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
15. Fabio Maldonado

HEAVYWEIGHT
Champion : Cain Velasquez
1. Fabricio Werdum
2. Junior Dos Santos
3. Travis Browne
4. Antonio Silva
5. Josh Barnett
6. Stipe Miocic
7. Alistair Overeem
8. Mark Hunt
9. Roy Nelson
10. Frank Mir
11. Gabriel Gonzaga
12. Minotauro Nogueira +1
13. Stefan Struve -1
14. Andrei Arlovski
15. Brendan Schaub

WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT
Champion : Ronda Rousey
1. Cat Zingano
2. Miesha Tate
3. Sara McMann
4. Alexis Davis
5. Sarah Kaufman
6. Jessica Eye
7. Liz Carmouche
8. Amanda Nunes
9. Bethe Correia +1
10. Jessica Andrade -1
11. Julianna Pena
12. Germaine de Randamie
13. Leslie Smith
14. Raquel Pennington
15. Lauren Murphy